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PHA cites BDU statement as misleading
- Jul 2, 2020 - 4:26:28 PM
Further to our statement issued Tuesday 30TH June 2020, the Public
Hospitals Authority (PHA) wishes to remind once again that the one-year
contract of the Interns, which began on 1st July 2019 ended on 30th
As a teaching institution, the PHA
provides opportunities for medical graduates to advance their training
through the completion of a one-year internship as a requirement for
licensure with the Bahamas Medical Council. Generally...
NIB provides update on the status of Unemployment Benefit (UEB) Payments
- Jul 2, 2020 - 2:08:04 PM
NIB has now paid over 34 thousand unemployment benefit (UEB) claimants
over $60 million in benefits. This number continues to grow daily.
Most recipients have received 8 to 10 weeks of benefit, as NIB
prepares to process payments up to the 13-weeks maximum over the next
week for many recipients. However, NIB has found a number of cases
where the benefit has been suspended automatically in the system,
pending manual verifications of continued unemployment or because
contributions continued to be paid by the employer following the lay off
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism launches “the Islands Of The Bahamas” Mobile App to help vacation planning
- Jul 2, 2020 - 11:36:17 AM
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation’s new, free mobile app
provides an easy to use resource and tool for consumers planning a visit
to The Islands Of The Bahamas. Key features of the app include:
downloadable island guides, flight charter request processing and
recommendations based on the user’s geo-location within The Bahamas. It
also highlights current deals, Bahamas.com blog posts, an interactive
map and suggests top activities for adventure, relaxation and romance...
FS Announces Categories of Workers to Receive NIB Unemployment Assistance under Expanded Programme
- Jul 1, 2020 - 3:50:49 PM
Acting Financial Secretary (FS) Marlon Johnson stated that $48 million
has been allocated to finance an expansion of the Government’s
unemployment assistance programs, administered by the National Insurance
Board (NIB), for workers that fall under four categories during a
virtual press conference held on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.
noted that Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis had addressed
the extension of the Government’s Unemployment Assistance Programme
during his 2020/21 Budget Communication and now the mandate from the
Prime Minister is being implemented...
Start of the New Budget Year means its tax Concessions take effect today
- Jul 1, 2020 - 3:40:20 PM
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. K. Peter
Turnquest said the start of the 2020/21 Budget year means that all the
tax concessions included in the Budget take effect today, including the
duty reductions on construction material and those put in place to
stimulate the fishing and agricultural sectors.
tax credit and tax deferral programme also takes effect and will include
all VAT registrants and not just those with an annual turnover of $3
million or more,” DPM Turnquest explained during a virtual Budget
Education Campaign Wind Down Press Conference on Wednesday, July 1,
47th Independence Virtual Made-for-Television Celebration
- Jul 1, 2020 - 3:20:51 PM
The Commonwealth of The Bahamas will observe its 47th Independence
under the theme ‘Pressing Onward: A time of Hope, Triumph and
Transformation’ this July 10 and we are in the midst of preparing a
spectacular national celebration, said the Mark Humes, MP, chairman,
2020 National Independence Celebrations committee, during a press
conference June 30.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the committee is
preparing a four-hour, made for television, virtual Independence
DPM Turnquest encourages Bahamians to remain resilient and take advantage of the support available
- Jul 1, 2020 - 3:09:45 PM
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. K. Peter
Turnquest stated that this Government’s Administration has acknowledged
the decision by credit ratings agency Moody’s to downgrade the country’s
credit rating as a result of the economic shocks caused by the COVID-19
However, DPM Turnquest also noted that similarly, Italy, India and even Canada have also seen downgrades.
want to reiterate that fair-minded Bahamians know that our current
state of fiscal affairs is a result of these external shocks...
Deadline to enter 2021 Commonwealth education awards extended
- Jul 1, 2020 - 8:15:43 AM
The deadline to enter the 2021 Commonwealth education awards for good practice has been extended to 31 August 2020.
awards are open to exceptional education institutions, teachers and
school leaders leading innovative learning and teaching projects. They
can enter as many as six categories...
Re-opening of Private Pre-Schools and Daycare Centres
- Jun 30, 2020 - 8:24:10 PM
The public is hereby informed that pursuant to the Emergency Powers
(Covid 19) (No. 5) Order, 2020, the Early Childhood Care Act, 2004 (“the
Act”) and the Early Childhood Care (National Standards) Regulations
2015, the Ministry of Education in conjunction with the Pre-school and
Day-Care Centre Council advises that:
- Commencing June,
29th 2020 and ending July 5th, 2020, all pre-schools and day-care
centres registered under the Act, are permitted to open for the purpose
Masks Distributed to Communities by Police, Red Cross, Social Services
- Jun 30, 2020 - 8:04:12 PM
The Royal Bahamas Police Force, Bahamas Red Cross, and the Department of
Social Services distributed masks in the Blue Hill Road area this
morning, June 30, 2020 to assist residents in keeping safe during the
current worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Persons resident or visiting The
Bahamas are required to wear masks in the interest of controlling
community spread of coronavirus.
(BIS Photos/Derek Smith)...
BRCS/GBPA Kick-Off Entrepreneurial Training for SBR Grant Recipients
- Jun 30, 2020 - 12:55:09 PM
Entrepreneurial training for 32 successful recipients of the Small
Business Recovery (SBR) grant program began last week in a virtual
classroom. The partnership initiative between The Bahamas Red Cross
Society (BRCS) and The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA)
grants up to $6,000 in funding and business support for Grand Bahama
micro-businesses impacted by Hurricane Dorian. The assistance comes at a
very critical time for businesses struggling to recover from Dorian and
now realizing the effects of COVID-19...
As jobs crisis deepens, ILO warns of uncertain and incomplete labour market recovery
- Jun 30, 2020 - 10:40:00 AM
The number of working hours lost across the world in the first half of
2020 was significantly worse than previously estimated, while the highly
uncertain recovery in the second half of the year will not be enough to
go back to pre-pandemic levels, even in the best scenario, and risks
seeing continuing large scale job losses, warns the International Labour
Communication to the Senate by Senator the Hon. Carl W. Bethel, Attorney General - June 29, 2020
- Jun 29, 2020 - 10:34:10 PM
Due to the fact that the Office of the Attorney-General (my Office)
failed to deliver a Resolution to extend the Proclamation of Emergency
made by His Excellency the Governor General on the 17th March, 2020, in
time for the same to be Tabled in the House of Assembly before the end
of its last session and the Budget Debate, the initial Proclamation of
Emergency will end at 12:00 Midnight this evening.
As Minister I must accept, and freely do accept full ministerial responsibility for this oversight....
Emergency Powers (COVID-19 Pandemic) Regulations, 2020
- Jun 29, 2020 - 8:37:46 PM
EMERGENCY POWERS (COVID 19 PANDEMIC) REGULATIONS, 2020
In exercise of the powers conferred by section 3 of the Emergency Powers Act (Ch. 34), the Governor-General makes the following regulations...
Proclamation of Emergency
- Jun 29, 2020 - 7:48:40 PM
WHEREAS Article 29( l) of the Constitution
recognizes that the GovernorGeneral may make a proclamation that a
state of public emergency exists;
Article 29( 4) of the Constitution provides that a proclamation of
emergency shall, unless it is sooner revoked by the GovernorGeneral,
cease to be in force at the expiration of a period of fourteen days...
PMH Prescription Refill Program launched using WhatsApp
- Jun 29, 2020 - 2:30:36 PM
The Pharmacy Department at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) is
launching a new program for prescription refills for chronic illness
medications. The new program which commences on 1st July 2020 utilizes
the popular social media platform WhatsApp and allows patients in high
risk demographics, such as persons with non-communicable diseases and
the elderly, to refill their medications safely. The new four-step
process seeks to eliminate crowding in the Hospital’s Pharmacy Area in
keeping with social distancing protocols...
LPIA Enters Final Phase of Reopening on July 1st, New COVID-19 Protocols in Place for Local and Int’l Travellers
- Jun 29, 2020 - 11:31:12 AM
On Wednesday July 1st, 2020, international flights will resume for
inbound visitors as the government of The Bahamas moves into the third
phase of restarting air travel disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
preparation for the return of international passenger traffic,
officials at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) are reviewing
preliminary flight schedules and working closely with key stakeholders
to ensure the safety of all airport users...